Global poverty and education

facts & stats About World Poverty and Education

Everyone knows that education is important, but its role in giving kids a ticket out of poverty is huge! Learn more about just how essential education is and see why it’s one of the key areas of focus in our poverty-fighting approach.

  • For $39 billion over 15 years, every child in poverty could receive a basic education.

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  • Starting early matters! Kids who participate in early childhood development (like preschool) achieve higher education and make more money as adults.

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  • If all students in low-income countries gained basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty. 

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  • A woman’s earning potential will be up to 20%  higher for every year of schooling she completes.

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  • Education is one of the most powerful ways to reduce poverty and improve health, gender equality, peace and stability.

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  • UNESCO, July 2015
  • WHO Youth Violence Research, 2009
  • UNICEF The State of the World’s Children, 2009
  • World Bank eLibrary. “Returns on Investments in Education,” 2002
  • The World Bank 

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